Monday, February 13, 2012

BREAKING: Washington passes same-sex marriage bill (final)

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Same-sex marriage

Less than a week since the Washington State House followed in the Senate’s wake and passed LGBT marriage equality legislation, the then-guaranteed enactment of the bill has now been, erm, enacted:

Gov. Chris Gregoire (D-WA) was visibly emotional as she signed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington, making the Evergreen State the seventh in the nation to offer marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Suporters cheered “thank you, thank you” as Sen. Ed Murray (D) — a sponsor of the measure — introduced Gregoire and cheered “four more years!”

Of course, this is only a provisional victory, given that if opponents succeed in placing a referendum on the November ballot, the law will effectively be suspended until the final vote. But at least one poll indicates that support for LGBT marriage equality does prevail, even if only by a tiny margin, and add in the fact that most of these religious-right efforts to push for such referendums never even get off the ground, and it’s pretty much safe to start doing whatever passes for a victory dance in your area.